Recently, headlines were set ablaze with the news of a big drug bust in an upscale hotel by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. Details of the bust have intrigued netizens given the details: They were 11 men, involving a doctor, two models, and an engineer and they were allegedly engaged in an orgy session. Initial reports also identified how one of them was HIV-positive.
This hit a nerve particularly with the LGBT community and Pia Wurtzbach. The Miss Universe 2015 has long been an advocate for HIV-AIDS awareness and anti-discrimination. A few netizens then prodded her to make a statement. And she did.
Pia went directly addressing every point in the issue with how drug bust reports were said to confuse homosexuality with HIV-AIDS and substance abuse. It was deemed unfair and very damaging to a community that has long been fighting against discrimination.
(b) The State shall extend to every person suspected or known to be infected with HIV/AIDS full protection of his/her human rights and civil liberties. Towards this end:
(1) compulsory HIV testing shall be considered unlawful unless otherwise provided in this Act;
(2) the right to privacy of individuals with HIV shall be guaranteed;
(3) discrimination, in all its forms and subtleties, against individuals with HIV or persons perceived or suspected of having HIV shall be considered inimical to individual and national interest; and
(4) provision of basic health and social services for individuals with HIV shall be assured.
As of presstime, Pia’s post has received 89,000 likes and over 4,000 comments on Instagram. Members of the LGBT along with various netizens have expressed their support and gratefulness over Pia’s message.